West Seattle development: Arbor Heights project gets Design Review Board date; approvals in for Alki, Junction projects

Four development notes this morning:

DATE SET FOR ARBOR HEIGHTS PROJECT @ DESIGN REVIEW: We first told you back in April about a plan for nine live-work units replacing a former church building at 4220 SW 100th in Arbor Heights. The first Southwest Design Review Board meeting on the project is now penciled into the city schedule – 6:30 pm January 5th; details including the design proposal should appear on this page soon.

And from today’s edition of the city’s twice-weekly Land Use Information Bulletin:

KEY APPROVALS FOR ALKI TOWNHOUSES: A 7-unit townhouse project replacing houses at 1706 and 1708 Alki Avenue SW has received key approvals, and that opens an appeal period. Details are in the notice.

APPROVALS FOR 41ST SW PROJECTS: One year after we reported on a new 7-unit proposal for what once was the site of a community-challenged 40-apartment proposal at 4439 41st SW, it’s received key approvals, opening an appeals period. The notices are for two addresses – a four-unit townhouse building at 4437 41st SW, two townhouses and a single-family house at 4439 41st SW.

STREAMLINED DESIGN REVIEW FOR 4534 40TH SW: A four-townhouse proposal at 4534 40th SW is now open for comments as part of the Streamlined Design Review process – no meeting, but if you have something to say, you have two weeks to say it. The notice explains how.

7 Replies to "West Seattle development: Arbor Heights project gets Design Review Board date; approvals in for Alki, Junction projects"

  • clark5080 November 17, 2016 (10:28 am)

    What is a “Live-work unit” a Studio?

    Three floors in the middle of Arbor Heights?

    • WSB November 17, 2016 (10:40 am)

      Live-work unit is the type of construction you see a lot of along California SW – the kind with businesses on the ground floor, such as Caffé Fiore in Admiral, Northwest Insurance (WSB sponsor) north of Morgan Junction, countless others. This part of Arbor Heights is zoned for mixed-use commercial (NC1-30) as noted in our original report – the former church building is by Brace Point Pottery – the sites were stores once upon a time, and the block was described to us as, as close to “downtown AH” as the area gets.

  • Millie November 17, 2016 (1:02 pm)

    This location was, in fact, an IGA store (grocery) when my family first moved to the Arbor Heights neighborhood.  For the City of Seattle to now consider it for a three-story live-work units is ludicrous.  I realize the City of Seattle in attempting to turn all neighborhoods into “mini-downtowns” turns a blind eye to the neighborhoods and residents’ concerns.  A three-story facility does not belong in a single-family neighborhood.  Build where you have already either damaged or destroyed the “character/heart” of the neighborhood.  Approve this and more will come!  

    • WSB November 17, 2016 (1:07 pm)

      Just a datapoint on the height … three stories is the allowable height for single-family houses throughout Seattle, under current zoning. If this site were zoned SF instead of NC1-30, it would still be eligible for 30+’ structures. – TR

  • ACG November 17, 2016 (1:13 pm)

    TR-  please don’t put “downtown AH” in the media!  The last thing we need is for some city muck-wuck to read that and then decide to classify us as an urban village. They wouldn’t take into account that we have no transit or sidewalks, of course.  :-)

  • JanS November 17, 2016 (2:23 pm)

    ACG…someone else said it..TR is just reporting it…geez…

  • ACG November 17, 2016 (4:15 pm)

    I know, Jan. I was just joking. Thought the smiley face at the end might have represented that. I’d never seriously tell Tracy and Patrick how to do their jobs. Too much respect for WSB and the work they do. 

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